A Suffolk man was sentenced last week to 3½ years in federal prison on charges he used private planes to smuggle large quantities of marijuana from California to Virginia and North Carolina.
Alexander Ferguson, 31, pleaded guilty last year to federal drug and money laundering charges.
The conspiracy stretched from 2010 through 2014, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court in Raleigh, N.C.
In the beginning, Ferguson and his accomplices arranged for marijuana to be mailed from California and Nevada to Virginia and North Carolina.
The scheme changed in 2012, however, after Ferguson flew with an accomplice on a private plane to Germany for Oktoberfest.
In exchange for a portion of the profits, Michael Haas spent more than $33,000 to lease a private plane and fly Ferguson to South Lake Tahoe, Calif., to meet with his supplier, the documents said. Ferguson planned to return to North Carolina with 100 pounds of marijuana.
Bad weather forced the plane to detour to Suffolk, where he and another accomplice rented a car and drove to the Outer Banks with